State Forests

Two Inlets State Forest


Forest Landscape: Due to the molding of the last glaciers, the landscape is gently rolling to hilly with scattered lowlands. The soils vary from loamy sand to better sand and are ideal for forestry. Much of the forest was once farmed, but most of the land was eventually abandoned because the soils were not productive.

Management Activities: Minnesota state forests were established to produce timber and other forest crops, provide outdoor recreation, protect watersheds, and perpetuate rare and distinctive species of native flora and fauna. Management activities in Two Inlets State Forest include timber harvesting, reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreational development. About 75 acres are planted each year to regenerate tracts of pine that have been harvested. In addition, approximately 75 acres of pine stands are thinned each year. Thinning is a commercial harvest technique that reduces overcrowding by removing trees with poor form or disease.

History: State lands in Two Inlets Township were a part of Smoky Hills State Forest until June 1963, when 9,284 acres of tax-forfeited land was acquired. At the time legislation was introduced to change Township 141-36 and parts of 142-35 and 141-37 into Two Inlets State Forest.

Acres: 28,051

Year Estab: 1963


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